Papers of Francis Montgomery Collinson (1898-1985)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of Francis Montgomery Collinson consist of songs, correspondence, and notebooks.

Administrative / Biographical History

Musicologist and composer Francis Montgomery Collinson was born in 1895. He was educated at Daniel Stewarts College (now Stewart's Daniel & Melville College). He studied Music at Edinburgh University, and was awarded the degree of Mus.B in 1923. Earlier, he had served in the First World War. While at Edinburgh, Collinson was Conductor of the Yahoo Orchestra. Later, he would make a major contribution to Scottish traditional music, his compositions consisting largely of vocal arrangements of Scots songs. His publications include The traditional and national music of Scotland (1966), The bagpipe (1975), and the three volume Hebridean folksongs (1969, 1977, 1981). Collinson died in 1985.

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Note

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland, edited by John Keay and Julia Keay (London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994).

Other Finding Aids

An important finding aid is the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives. Additions to the typed slips in sheaf binders were made until 1987.

Additional Information

The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland, edited by John Keay and Julia Keay (London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994).